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by Sachyn Mital

Glen & Colm at Housing Works
Glen Hansard

The Frames / The Swell Season's Glen Hansard releases his new album Didn't He Ramble today (9/18) on ANTI-, and ahead of that he celebrated with a midnight pop-up show at NYC's Housing Works on Wednesday (so technically Thursday, 9/17). Before his show though, another Frames member, violinist, Colm Mac Con Iomaire, was making his debut US solo performance at NYC's Rockwood Music Hall (stage 3). Frames drummer Graham Hopkins guested on a few tracks, and apparently Hansard was somewhere in the house, though we didn't see him.

Iomaire played a lovely set of tunes that included the lead single from his second album, this year's And Now The Weather (Agus Anois An Aimsir), "The Finnish Line" as well as a song inspired by the passing of a family member, "In the Arms of the Angels" and one based on a forty minute long poem, "Sappho's Daughter". While switching up instruments, Iomaire knocked over a guitar stand, and laughed it off by saying that would be about as "rock and roll" as his show was going to get.

Then at midnight, the whole crew went over to Housing Works for Glen Hansard's show. Hopkins backed Hansard at this one too, as did keyboardist Justin Carroll (who also played with Colm Mac Con Iomaire earlier). The rest of the band included Jeanie Lim on viola, Simone Vitucci on cello, Curtis Fowlkes on trombone and Joe Doyle on bass. Iomaire joined them mid-set, as did August Wells and Brendan O'Shea, to sing a couple songs and build upon the familial vibe.

Hansard's set was Ramble heavy but he did include The Frames' "Revelate" and The Swell Season's "When Your Mind's Made Up" (with Iomaire). Hansard at one point noticed a book called 'The Secret Life of Frames' was placed on a pillar facing his microphone and joked someone at Housing Works deliberately left it there, so he would buy it.

Colm Mac Con Iomaire plays another NYC show on Sunday (9/20) at the Scratcher Cafe (209 E 5th St). That starts at 8:15 PM. Glen's tour brings him back to NYC on 11/30 at Kings Theatre and 12/1 at Beacon Theatre (tickets).

More pictures from Rockwood and Housing Works, and a video, below...

Continue reading "Glen Hansard played Housing Works w/ The Frames' Graham Hopkins & Colm Mac Con Iomaire who also played Rockwood"

photo: Glen Hansard at Lollapalooza 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
Glen Hansard

Glen Hansard has an upcoming tour in suppot of his new album Didn't He Ramble which includes a couple pretty big NYC shows: 11/30 at Kings Theatre and 12/1 at Beacon Theatre (tickets), but he'll play a smaller show here much sooner.

The album comes out this Friday (9/18) on ANTI-, and Glen plays a midnight show at Housing Works on Wednesday (9/16) (11:30 PM doors), which doubles as a benefit for the fight to end AIDS and homelessness. Tickets for this intimate show are on sale now.

The album is now streaming via NPR. Listen, with his updated list of dates, below...

Continue reading "Glen Hansard playing intimate NYC show this week ahead of tour, streaming new album (listen, dates)"

photo: Glen Hansard at Lollapalooza 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
Glen Hansard

The Frames, The Swell Season, and Once's Glen Hansard is releasing a new solo album and touring this year. The album's called Didn't He Ramble, and comes out September 18 via Anti- Records. It was produced by frequent collaborator Doveman (aka Thomas Bartlett) and David Odlum. You can get a taste of it from the video for "Winning Streak" below.

Glen's tour hits NYC on November 30 at Kings Theatre and December 1 at Beacon Theatre. Tickets for those shows are on fan presale now (password: WINNINGSTREAK). AEG and venue presales start Thursday (7/16) at 10 AM, and general on-sales start Friday (7/17) at 10 AM.

All dates are listed, with the new video, below...

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by Bill Pearis

David Byrne (via @estee_p)
Alexis Krauss (via @iambrianscottk)
Sharon Jones & Davied (via @sharonjones)

Last night was the David Byrne tribute show at Carnegie Hall which brought out a host of cool musicians to perform songs by Talking Heads and other Byrne songs. This was the 11th annual tribute show at Carnegie, which are produced by City Winery's Michael Dorf and benefit NYC music education programs. The show was over two and a half hours long and ended with the man himself marching down the aisles with a marching band, covering Mark Ronson's "Uptown Funk." If you thought that Carnegie Hall might be the one place you'd never hear that song, you were wrong (video below), and it was a joyous capper to a very fun night.

The night opened with the Little Kids Rock band (one of the charities these shows fund) covering "Stay Up Late" which was appropriate for this School Night and they brought endless enthusiasm to the Little Creatures song. For such dance-friendly music as Byrne's, Carnegie Hall is maybe not the best venue (percussion/low end suffers in that room), but we all made do and there were some great performances. Esperanza Spalding took on another Little Creatures song, "Road to Nowhere," and brought some New Orleans funk and soul to the chorus; Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top gave "Houses in Motion" boogie and twang (not to mention endless cool), and he also added a mean guitar solo to Steve Earle's take on "A Million Miles Away."

Amanda Palmer w/ Alexis Krauss, Glen Hansard, Antibalas

"I didn't think about being eight months pregnant when I agreed to do this song," admitted a very showing Amanda Palmer, adding "The lyrics take on new meaning." Palmer, with help from Jherek Bischoff, took on "Once in a Lifetime" and she brought her cranked-to-11 personality and stage presence to that. She also brought Alexis Krauss of Sleigh Bells for Don't Look Back style cue-carding and Glen Hansard on backing vocals. Krauss did a fine job handing "Life During Wartime" (and talked a little about being a NYC schoolteacher) and Hansard performed a stripped down version of "Girlfriend is Better."

It wasn't until late in the show that the crowd all finally jumped to its feet, thanks to Sharon Jones who delivered a knockout performance of "Psycho Killer." The crowd stayed up for Santigold, backed by her flygirl dancers, who did "Burning Down the House." Then Cee-Lo, maybe a weird choice for this, came out for "Take Me to the River," taking out the Talking Heads jitteriness and putting back some of the smooth Al Green. (In a velvet garb, he also looked a giant Shar-Pei.) Then the marching band (which seems to be Byrne's new obsession) hit. Full performer/setlist rundown and pictures from Carnegie Hall are in this post.

The party kept going later that night at City Winery (where they had rehearsals the night before) which featured Malian band Songhoy Blues whose amazing energy definitely primed the crowd for the fun and very loose set by Antibalas who were the backing band at the tribute show. (The free wine and beer added a lot to the looseness of everyone onstage or off.) They performed a few of the songs that were done earlier in the night, including an extended version of "Crosseyed and Painless," but the highlight was an improvised number by Sharon Jones that was a little like "Land of a Thousand Dances" but in her own style, and she also battled on the congas with Antibalas frontman Amayo. As much fun as the tribute was, that will be the moment I remember from the night. A short instagram video of that, plus more pics, video and the setlist from Carnegie, below.

Continue reading "David Byrne covered 'Uptown Funk,' honored at Carnegie Hall tribute w/ Sharon Jones, Amanda Palmer, Steve Earle & more (pics, video, setlist)"


It's only February, but Doveman (aka Thomas Bartlett) is already having a characteristically busy year. He's currently on tour as a backing musician for past collaborator Glen Hansard, along with his fellow Sufjan Stevens/The National/Justin Vernon collaborator Rob Moose and his fellow Rufus/Martha Wainwright collaborator Brad Albetta. That tour wraps up this weekend. All remaining dates and a video from Wednesday's (2/10) DC show, below.

Ahead of that tour, Glen Hansard joined Doveman for one of his Burgundy Stain Sessions in Dublin in December, his second session ever to take place outside of NYC. The next session will be back in NYC on May 14 at Le Poisson Rouge. Guests are still TBA, but tickets are on sale now.

In between the Glen Hansard tour and the LPR show, Doveman will be on an international tour with the mostly-Irish supergroup he's part of, The Gloaming. It begins in their home country, where fellow Irish musician Glen Hansard's band The Frames play their 25th anniversary shows this July. All Doveman and Glen Hansard-related dates are listed below.

Doveman also played on and helped mix the upcoming Sufjan Stevens album, Carrie & Lowell, which comes out March 31 via Asthmatic Kitty. Sufjan was just announced for the Justin Vernon and Aaron Dessner-curated Eaux Claires Music Festival happening in Wisconsin on July 17 & 18 with Bon Iver, The National, Spoon, The Tallest Man on Earth and more. Tickets are on sale now. Sufjan will also be in NYC three times on his upcoming tour, which ends two days before Doveman's show in Sufjan's hometown.

Continue reading "Doveman doing next Burgundy Session in NYC after tours with Glen Hansard and The Gloaming (dates)"

photo: Sharon Jones at The Apollo in 2014 (more by PSquared)

As discussed, Michael Dorf's annual charity tribute concert at Carnegie Hall (3/23) honors Talking Heads / David Byrne this year, and since we last spoke, more artists have been announced. Cee-Lo Green, Sharon Jones and Amanda Palmer & Jherek Bischoff have been added to the lineup that already includes Sleigh Bells' Alexis Krauss, Beth Orton, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, Cibo Matto & Nels Cline, Glen Hansard, Perry Farrell, Rufus Wainwright, Steve Earle, The Roots and more.

Antibalas are the house band. Tickets (benefiting music education for underprivileged youth) are still available. Updated lineup below.

UPDATE: Santigold, Thievery Corporation and Pete Molinari were added too.

David Byrne also just announced a big project with St. Vincent, tUnE-yArDs, Dev Hynes, How to Dress Well and more happening at Barclays Center.

Continue reading "Sharon Jones, Cee-Lo Green, and Amanda Palmer & Jherek Bischoff added to Talking Heads tribute at Carnegie Hall"

Die Antwoord @ Riviera Theatre 6/3/14
James Richards' Favorite Photos of 2014

James Richards IV shot a lot of shows for this BrooklynVegan year, mostly in Chicago, and now that the year's almost over, he's picked out 14 of his favorite shots of 2014 that he himself took. That's one above, and you can check out the rest below...

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Joan Jett at Riot Fest Chicago 2013 (more by Kirstie Shanley)
Joan Jett

The annual Little Kids Rock benefit gala (which Brian Wilson played last year) happens this year at NYC's Hammerstein Ballroom on October 23 and honors Joan Jett. Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong will present Joan with the award and Alice Cooper, Tommy James, Darlene Love, Jake Clemons, Glen Hansard, Brody Dalle and Jesse Malin will all be on hand to perform Joan's songs as a tribute to her. The event is produced by Jake's fellow E Street Band member Steven Van Zandt and his wife Maureen (both also of The Sopranos). You can reserve a seat now ($25,000 seats are the cheapest ones remaining, but there's a waiting list for the two lower levels).

Joan doesn't have any regular shows in NYC on her tour schedule, but she will be nearby not long before the gala for a show at NJ's Count Basie Theatre on October 11 with Jesse Malin. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

All of her dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Joan Jett on tour, being honored at Little Kids Rock benefit gala w/ Alice Cooper, Glen Hansard, Brody Dalle, more"

photos by James Richards IV

Chance the Rapper / wet Glen Hansard / Run the Jewels / London Grammar
Lollapalooza 2014 - Day 3
Lollapalooza 2014 - Day 3
Lollapalooza 2014 - Day 3
Lollapalooza 2014 - Day 3
Lollapalooza 2014 - Day 3

4:20 PM: When his phone is handy, Killer Mike likes to tweet out a 4:20 reminder every day. During Run the Jewels' set at the Palladia Stage he needed a little help: "Happy 4:20 -- Somebody tweet that for me!" he yells.

4:22 PM: During Run the Jewels' performance, El-P screams at security to stop roughing up a female audience member. Then, moments later: "Oops, my bad, it's a guy... And I just added insult to injury calling him a girl!"


9:09 PM: Chance The Rapper offers a real hometown treat when he brings out surprise guest R. Kelly. The fellow Chicagoan warbles the chorus of "The World's Greatest," the intro of "Bump 'n Grind" and some of "Ignition (Remix)" alongside the young MC. - [Billboard]

Lollapalooza 2014 wrapped up on Sunday (8/3) with sets from Chance the Rapper (who brought out R. Kelly), Run the Jewels, Chromeo, London Grammar, The Avett Brothers, and lots more, plus a few cloudbursts which were embraced by mud dancers as well as Glen Hansard as you can see above.

Pictures from Day One are HERE and Day Two are HERE. More pics from Day Three below...

Continue reading "Lollapalooza Day Three in pics: Chance the Rapper, Chromeo, London Grammar, Run the Jewels, Glen Hansard & more"


More details have finally been announced for the Arthur Russell tribute album thatt he Red Hot organization is putting out. The album's being released on YepRoc on October 21, and is now titled Master Mix: Red Hot + Arthur Russell (it was initially announced that it'd be called This Is How We Walk on the Moon). The acts involved -- Hot Chip, Robyn, Blood Orange, Jose Gonzalez, Sufjan Stevens, VEGA INTL (aka Neon Indian's Alan Palomo) and many more -- are as diverse as Russell's work, which included heartbreaking acoustic/cello ballads and ahead-of-it's-time dance music.

The compilation is the latest in the benefit album series for Red Hot, which has been raising AIDS and HIV awareness for nearly 25 years, and has put out Dark Was the Night, Red Hot + Rio and many others.

Full tracklist, plus a behind-the-scenes video with Hot Chip (who cover "Go Bang" by Russell's group Dinosaur L) and a YouTube mix of classic Russell tracks, below...

Continue reading "Arthur Russell tribute LP details revealed (ft. Hot Chip, Robyn, Blood Orange, Sufjan Stevens & more) (tracklist, video)"


Lollapalooza 2014, which goes down from August 1-3 in Chicago, announced its 2014 lineup. Artists include Eminem, Outkast, Kings of Leon, Arctic Monekys, Skrilex, Broken Bells and tons more. 3-day passes are sold out, but single day tickets go on sale today at 10 AM.

Full lineup below...

Continue reading "Lollapalooza 2014 lineup (Eminem, Outkast, Kings of Leon, Arctic Monkeys, Skrillex, Broken Bells & more)"

Bob Dylan

To celebrate the 1980-1990 period of Bob Dylan's career, ATO Records will release Bob Dylan in the 80s: Vol. 1 on March 25. The tribute compilation was put together by producers Jesse Lauter (Elvis Perkins, The Low Anthem) and Sean O'Brien (Dawes, PAPA), and features covers by Built to Spill, Deer Tick, The Hold Steady's Craig Finn, Gene Ween & Slash, Glen Hansard, Dawn Landes & Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Blitzen Trapper, Yellowbirds, Ivan & Alyosha, Reggie Watts, Elvis Perkins, Lucius and more. Listen to Built to Spill's take on "Jokerman" from the compilation, with the full tracklist, below.

The new compilation will be celebrated with a record release show in NYC the day before its release at Music Hall of Williamsburg (3/24). The show will feature Dylan's music performed by some of the artists on the album, including John & Ian of Deer Tick, Elvis Perkins, Langhorne Slim, Dawn Landes, Yellowbirds, Hannah Cohen and members of Tea Leaf Green. The lineup also includes Spirit Family Reunion (who are not on the album) and "special guests." Tickets for the show go on sale Friday (2/28) at noon.

Stream Built to Spill's "Jokerman" cover with the album tracklist, below...

Continue reading "'Bob Dylan in the 80s' tribute to feature Built to Spill, Deer Tick, Craig Finn, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, more; release show at MHOW"

photos by Dylan Johnson

Iron & Wine, Nick Lowe and more @ Beacon Theatre

[Sam] Beam sang, in his gentle high tenor, about memories and connections, families and lovers. His songs, at their core, are folky ballads that mingle storytelling with more abstruse thoughts. But he has embellished them in various ways through the years: with folk-rock, country, jazz, even a little R&B. The "In the Reins" EP was his first experiment with horns -- Calexico's pair of mariachi trumpets -- but not his last; two horn players from his current Iron and Wine band, Curtis Fowlkes on trombone and Stuart Bogie on saxophone and flute, were also on hand, giving some songs a nudge toward jazz.

Calexico carried [Kathleen] Edwards's "Soft Place to Land" from a pensive hush into sorrowful peaks, and it stoked the rhythm just enough behind two incantatory songs from [Beth] Orton, the chugging "Call Me the Breeze" and the enveloping "Mystery." It was just retro enough for [Nick] Lowe's wry, elegantly turned novelty song "Christmas at the Airport" and straightforwardly pop for his "Cruel to Be Kind."

For [Glen] Hansard, the Irish songwriter behind the musical "Once," Calexico was attentive to the songs' dramatic arcs of loss and redemption. [NY Times]

The WFUV Holiday Cheer benefit went down at Beacon Theatre last week (12/10) with Iron and Wine and Calexico (who collaborated on 2005's In the Reins EP) plus Kathleen Edwards, Beth Orton, Nick Lowe, Glen Hansard and Amos Lee. The show saw the artists doing different collaborations throughout the night, and there were parts where the entire bill shared the stage at once. In addition to teaming up for each other's original songs, the artists did some covers, including Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah." Pictures of the show are in this post.

One of the other songs covered at the show was The Pogues' holiday classic, "Fairytale of New York" which Iron & Wine, Calexico, Glen Hansard, and Kathleen Edwards also covered later in the week on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. You can watch a video of that performance, along with more pictures of the Beacon Theatre show, below.

Continue reading "Iron & Wine, Calexico, Glen Hansard, Kathleen Edwards and friends played 'Fallon' and WFUV holiday show (pics & video)"

Beth Orton at LPR in July (more by Robert Altman)
Beth Orton

Earlier this year, we mentioned that WFUV would be doing their Holiday Cheer benefit at Beacon Theatre, which happens TONIGHT (12/10) with Iron & Wine, Calexico, and Nick Lowe. As if that wasn't already a fantastic lineup of folk/singer-songwriter type stuff, since we last spoke, more great atists were added, including Glen Hansard (The Frames, The Swell Season, Once), Kathleen Edwards, Beth Orton, and Amos Lee. Tickets for tonight's show are still available, but ticketmaster is saying "not many left."

UK singer Beth Orton will also bring her folktronica back to NYC for Lincoln Center's American Songbook series on February 14 in The Allen Room. Tickets for that show are still available. All Beth Orton dates are listed below...

Continue reading "WFUV's holiday show is tonight w/ Iron & Wine, Glen Hansard, Beth Orton, Kathleen Edwards, Amos Lee & more"

photos by Jamie Goodsell, additional photos by Katharine Hansen

DIIV / Charli XCX / DJ Jazzy Jeff @ Bonnaroo 6/14/2013
Bonnaroo 2013, DAY 2
Bonnaroo 2013, DAY 2
Bonnaroo 2013, DAY 2

Bonnaroo's inaugural hip hop Superjam--an R&B/rap counterpart to the festival's long-running, rock-dominated all-star jam sessions--was an uninhibited, messy rager for still-partying night owls at the Tennessee music fest. Paul McCartney might have been the Friday night highlight, but if you wanted to dance, this was the show to see.

The slickest and sickest set came from Solange, who enraptured the crowd with a funky, lovely cover of the Fugees' version of "Killing Me Softly." She also sang the hook on surprise guest Ghostface Killah's Supreme Clientele single "Cherchez La Ghost" and covered "Umi Says," an uplifting jam from Mos Def's solo debut. - [Fuse]

Bonnaroo 2013 is definitely in the record books already, and we've posted a set of pictures from Day 2 (6/14) big names  Paul McCartney, The Wu-Tang Clan, Wilco,  and Jim James. But there was other stuff going on that Friday as well, including sets from Calexico, Big K.R.I.T, Charli XCX, Glen Hansard, DIIV, Amadou & Mariam, and the hip hop "Superjam" featuring RZA, Jazzy Jeff, Schoolboy Q, Solange, Chad Hugo (Neptunes/NERD) and more. Photos from those acts are in this post.

If you missed them, our earlier pictures from Day 1 are HERE and HERE, Day 3 are HERE and Day 4 are HERE. More photos from 6/14 are below.

Continue reading "more pictures from Bonnaroo 2013 (Day 2 w/ DIIV, the hip hop "Superjam," Charli XCX, Calexico & more)"

Weird Al and Bonarroo phone bank (including Mike Birbiglia and Eugene Mirman...

With help from Eugene Mirman, Chris Gethard, Mike Birbiglia, Portugal. The Man and more, Weird Al just began announcing the 2013 Bonnaroo line-up on the Bonnaroo YouTube page which happens June 13 - 16 in Manchester, TN. Weird Al just announced Pretty Lights, Wilco, A$AP Rocky, and The xx, and over the next hour, more artists will be announced. We'll update this post as more announcements come.

Other artists playing include Passion Pit, Kendrick Lamar, David Byrne and St. Vincent, Jim James, Big K.R.I.T., Billy Idol, Grizzly Bear, Japandroids, Foals, Wild Nothing, Deap Vally, Killer Mike, Lord Huron, Divine Fits, Nas, Beach House, The Gaslight Anthem, Local Natives, Dirty Projectors, Baroness, The National, The Vaccines, Holy Ghost, Death Grips, R. Kelly, Alt-J, Purity Ring, Cat Power, Wu-Tang Clan, Bjork, Tame Impala, Animal Collective, The Tallest Man on Earth, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Paul McCartney, Earl Sweatshirt, Four Tet, Father John Misty, Swans, A-Trak, Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, Cults, AraabMuzik, DIIV, Charli XCX, Matthew E. White, Frank Turner, JEFF the Brotherhood, Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, Calexico, Two Gallants, and more.

Tickets for the festival go on sale Saturday (2/23) at noon EST.

There's also now a video of Daniel Tosh announcing the initial lineup, which you can watch, along with the current list of announced names, below...

Continue reading "Bonnaroo 2013 lineup announcement underway"

Sandro Perri
Sandro Perri

Toronto art pop musician Sandro Perri has a few dates scheduled to take place surrounding his appearance at this year's FYF Fest. They're a bit scattered at the moment so it looks like more might be revealed, but we know that one of them is a NYC show which happens on September 20 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All currently known dates are listed below.

Sandro Perri is also one of the many musicians being featured on the new Arthur Russell tribute album, This Is How We Walk on the Moon, that AIDS organization Red Hot (who are also responsible for Dark Was the Night, Red Hot + Rio and many other compilations) and Pitchfork are putting out. Sandro will join Robyn, Cut Copy, Hot Chip, Dan Boeckner, Twin Shadow, Washed Out, Laurel Halo, Sam Amidon, Devendra Banhart, Olof Arnalds, Jose Gonzalez, Thao with the Get Down Stay Down, Chad VanGaalen, Glen Hansard, and many others for the album. The project is being funded on kickstarter. The Kickstarter video and a list of all participating artists is below.

Earlier this year, DFA put out a remix 12" of material from Sandro's 2011 LP, Impossible Spaces. The stream of Eluvium's remix of "Changes," a list of all currently known Sandro Perri dates, and the Arthur Russell tribute info are below.

Continue reading "Sandro Perri touring, featured on Arthur Russell tribute w/ Cut Copy, Hot Chip, Twin Shadow, Washed Out & more (dates)"

The xx at Rock Werchter 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
The xx

today in NYC
* GQ @ Tappan Park
* Jon Madof @ The Stone
* Anya Marina @ Joe's Pub
* Mathias Kunzli @ The Stone
* Sponge, Jounce @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Chrisette Michele @ BB King's
* Tu Fawning, AU @ Mercury Lounge
* Brown Bird, Sean Rowe @ 92YTribeca
* Toadies, Helmet, Ume @ Webster Hall
* Dukes of September @ Beacon Theatre
* Biz Markie (DJ Set) @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Jennifer Castle @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Blitz The Ambassador @ MetroTech Commons (noon)
* Pigs, Tidal Arms, Fashion Week @ Union Pool
* Gold Panda, Shigeto, Beacon @ Bowery Ballroom
* Xeno & Oaklander, Laurel Halo @ Cameo Gallery
* The xx, Jacques Greene, New Look @ Terminal 5
* Da Beatminerz, X-ecutioners @ Public Assembly
* Washed Out, Chairlift, Lemonade @ House of Vans
* Haim, POP ETC, Savoir Adore @ Santos Party House
* Ben von Wildenhaus, Dimestore Dance Band @ Zebulon
* Com Truise, Them Jeans, Sean Glass @ Hudson Terrace
* JC Hopkins Biggish Band (Tom Waits tribute) @ City Winery
* Pegasus Warning, Dpony, Condo Ron Zambri (DJ) @ Cake Shop
* Cudzoo & The Faggettes, The Naked Heroes @ Mercury Lounge
* Francesco Tristano, Michel Reis, Aaron Kruzik @ Joe's Pub
* Zeus, Robbers on High Street, Country Mice @ The Rock Shop
* Zongo Junction, Big Mean Sound Machine, Beyondo @ Littlefield
* Talib Kweli, The Higher Concept, The Rooks @ Highline Ballroom
* Tito Ramsey, Treasure Teeth, Reputante, Ice Cream @ Glasslands
* Sunbears!, Le Blorr, Lunic, Bright Light Bright Light @ Pianos
* Sound Pellegrino Thermal Team, LOL BOYS, Sleepyhead @ Drom
* Ruby Fray, Air Waves, Heaven's Gate, The Great Valley @ Death By Audio
* Butter The Children, Grass Is Green, Shores, Empty Orchestra @ Big Snow
* Immortal Technique, Homeboy Sandman, Tru Fam, Oddisee @ Public Assembly
* The Bad Plus, Brandt Brauer Frick @ Lincoln Center's Damrosch Park Bandshell
* Magical Mistakes, Catamaran, Mutual Benefit, Cuddle Formation @ Shea Stadium
* Dennis DeYoung: The Music of Styxx, Lou Gramm: The Voice of Foreigner in Coney Island
* Wiz Khalifa, Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Chevy Woods, Chiddy Bang @ Jones Beach
* Extra Life, Larkin Grimm, Ice Choir, Beige, Das Racist (DJ) @ Secret Project Robot
* Nina Sky, Chippy Nonstop, Brenmar, Roxy Cottontail, Ferrari Snowday @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Vacationer, Aaron Embry, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Caleb Hawley, Cold Specks, special guest @ Union Hall
* Bill Frisell, Greg Leisz, Jenny Scheinman, Tony Scherr, Kenny Wollesen (All We Are Saying: Bill Frisell Explores the Music of John Lennon) @ Le Poisson Rouge

"Donnie Darko" screens in Tompkins Square Park. Show up early for free pizza from Two Boots who are celebrating their 25th anniversary at this, and at an upcoming show in East River Park.

"Romeo and Juliet" screening with live music by The Love Show @ Celebrate Brooklyn

"Wet Hot American Summer" screens for free in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Look for the film's co-writers Michael Showalter & David Wain in the crowd. The Stella/State cast-mates are both NYC residents. I mean, maybe they'll want to see it too. DJ Conquerrah will provide some tunes.

High On Fire were scheduled to play Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight, but cancelled their whole tour.

There's a bunch of hip hop shows tonight.

The Arts & Crafts-signed Canadian band Zeus are in town for two shows, starting at the Rock Shop tonight and continuing at Mercury Lounge tomorrow (8/3) with ARMS (tickets). The shows are part of a tour which brings them back to Canada to play Osheaga on Sunday (8/5).

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Angel Haze has a new video for "New York," which you can watch below. Her next NYC show is on August 28 at S.O.B.'s.

Glen Hansard, Lisa Hannigan and John Smith covered The Band's The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" for AV Club Undercover. Check out a video of that below.

Tamaryn have a new song, "I'm Gone," off their upcoming record, Tender New Signs. Listen to that below.

Teengirl Fantasy revealed the track, "EFX" (feat. Kelela), off their upcoming record, Tracer. Check it out below. Their tour hits NYC for a Rocks Off Cruise on August 23.

What else?

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photos by Sarah Frankie Linder

Glen Hansard at Vic Theatre, Chicago 6/26/2012
Glen Hansard

A couple Glen Hansard items for your Thursday morning. Glenn Will be at the Barnes & Noble Union Square tonight (6/28) for a free performance at 7PM, performing songs from his brand-new album Rhythm & Repose. (The event space opens at 5PM.) Later in the evening, Glen plays Le Poisson Rouge and thought the show has been sold out for weeks, some tickets are being released at 2PM today.

Glen just played the Vic in Chicago on Tuesday (6/26) with Lisa Hannigan. You can check out more pictures from that show below...

Continue reading "Glen Hansard played the Vic in Chicago (pics); playing free show at B&N tonight before LPR (tickets going back on sale)"

photos by Jason Leiva

Glen Hansard at Mother New York
Glen Hansard

Glen Hansard, who recently played Fallon and has a handful of shows scheduled this month including one on June 29 at Beacon Theater, has added a June 28 show at the much more intimate Le Poisson Rouge. Tickets go on sale today (6/15) at noon. All tour dates, including his rescheduled run with Eddie Vedder, are listed below.

This past Tuesday (6/12), the same day he played an intimate benefit show at Housing Works, Glenn stopped by creative company Mother New York to play a private show in their offices. Jason Leiva was there and supplied us with the pictures you see in this post. More below.

Back in March Glen, whose irst ever solo album Rhythm and Repose is out on Anti- Records on June 19, went down to Austin where he played a bunch of sets at SXSW including one at our own Hotel Vegan. NYC Taper was there and he recently posted the audio. Download that at his site!

And last but not least, congratulations to Glen whose "Once" musical (which he co-wrote but, unlike the movie, he does not star in) just took home 8 Tony Awards!

"Once," a slowly unfolding tale of two Dublin musicians falling in love, emerged early as the night's favorite, winning for John Tiffany's direction and for its book, by the Irish playwright Enda Walsh, as well as for set, lighting, sound design and orchestrations. (The actors in "Once" double as the show's band.)

Near the end of the broadcast Steve Kazee, who plays the emotionally broken guitarist at the center of "Once," won for best actor and used his acceptance speech to thank his cast mates for bucking him up after his mother's death in April, shortly after the musical opened.

"This cast has carried me around, and made me feel alive, and I will never be able to fully repay them," Mr. Kazee said. [NY Times]

And congrats to the ten finalists in the "Falling Slowly" cover contest! You can watch all ten video entries at Once the Musical's Youtube page.

All Glen tour dates and more pictures from Mother New York, below...

Continue reading "Once won 8 Tony Awards; Glen Hansard adds small show, played others (pics, tix, dates & live audio from Hotel Vegan)"

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tonight in NYC
* Robbie Fulks @ Barbes
* Chicha Libre @ Barbes
* Jesse Harris @ The Stone
* John Roderick @ The Rock Shop
* Grouplove, Reptar @ Webster Hall
* Dave Matthews Band @ Jones Beach
* Janka Nabay, Nass Gnawa @ Zebulon
* Jonathan Richman @ Bowery Ballroom
* Lakecia Benjamin @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Black Box Revelation @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Reckless Sons, Romans @ Mercury Lounge
* Ed Sheeran @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Pedro Giraudo Jazz Orchestra @ Joe's Pub
* Zulu Winter, Dinowalrus @ Mercury Lounge
* T Bird and the Breaks, the Ghost Wolves @ The Studio
* The Jay Vons, The Live Ones @ Union Pool
* Matthew Sweet, Elizabeth Cook @ City Winery
* Kenny Wollesen's Search & Enjoy @ The Stone
* Glen Hasnard @ Housing Works Used Book Cafe
* Spaceghostpurrp, Vinnie Chase, Despot @ SOB's
* The New York Pops, Ozomatli @ Central Park Summerstage
* Michael Mizrahi, Nadia Sirota @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Bushman, NiyoRah, DJ Soul Selector @ Herbert Von King Park, Summerstage
* Bass Drum of Death, DZ Deathrays, Shark? @ Glasslands
* Juiceboxxx, Dark Sister, Extreme Animals @ Cake Shop
* Water Knot, The New Facility, Automotive High School @ Cameo
* The Walking Tree, Gabriel The Marine, NGHBRS, Happy Body Slow Brain, Abel @ Knitting Factory
* Drake, J. Cole, Waka Flocka Flame, Meek Mill, 2 Chainz, French Montana @ PNC Bank Arts Center
* Pussy Riot benefit w/ Ad-Rock (DJ set), Heliotropes, Tin Vulva, Shady Hawkins @ Death By Audio

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Today is the anniversary of Sailor Jerry's death, and so they're giving free anchor tattoos at Three Kings Tattoo tonight. Free drinks are being served at Matchless.

John Hodgman will be appearing with John Roderick tonight at the Rock Shop.

Glenn Hansard, who plays Housing Works tonight and who has an upcoming show at Beacon Theater, played songs from his new solo album on Fallon last night. Watch what he performed on air, and a web exclusive video, below.

Garage rockers Fidlar, who open for The Hives next week at Terminal 5, have a new video for their single "No Waves" and you can watch it below.

Montreal trio Parlovr, who were in town recently, made a video for their single "Holding Onto Something," which you can also watch below.

What else?

Continue reading "What's going on Tuesday?"

Housing Works

Tickets are on sale for the June 12th show (which happens a bit less than three weeks before he headlines Beacon Theater).

by Rachel Kowal


Given the natural, understated quality of Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová's heartfelt performances in the movie Once, it's hard to imagine anyone else successfully embodying their roles. The movie not only starred them, but was written by them; it was inspired by their story. And it takes some time to get comfortable with the new faces. But the transition from the screen to the stage isn't too much of a stretch. Much of the music has already been written, after all.

For the most part, Once, which recently opened on Broadway after a three-month run at a smaller theatre in the East Village, closely resembles the film. Girl meets boy busking on the streets in Dublin and soon (a bit too soon?) the two are sharing intimate details of their lives and making music together. Of course, it's not so simple.

With his polished good looks, Steve Kazee as the male lead comes across as a bit too suave and content for a man who supposedly embodies a dispirited loner, and Cristin Milioti as his counterpart lacks some of Irglová's vulnerability - not to mention, her character's Czech background can sometimes feel forced ("I'm always serious. I'm Czech!" she kept repeating for laughs, in an exaggerated accent). But any reservations about the new cast evaporate as soon as they pick up an instrument and begin to sing. Imitating Hansard's distinctive growl of a voice is no easy task, but Kazee holds his own. And the supporting cast (especially David Patrick Kelly as the man's father) is charming.

Though, it is billed as "fun" and "life affirming," the musical, like the film, is just as heartbreaking as it is romantic. As circumstance would have it, he has an unfinished love in New York, and she has a small child and - though we never see or hear him - a husband. As much as they might want to, running away together is never really an option. But in this case, the unnamed characters' quiet resignation to their separate fates only raises the story's emotional impact.

The stage setting - the dimly lit interior of a pub - is minimal. With a few small tweaks, the audience is made to imagine a music shop, a flat, and in one scene, the Irish coast. But the bare bones staging adds to the warmth of the production. The typical marks of a big-ticket Broadway production - flashy scenery and overly produced music - are wisely omitted by director John Tiffany in favor of a more modest musical with a big heart.


Once is on Broadway now. Tickets are at Telecharge, and there's a cast recording too.

In related news, Glen Hansard has a solo album on the way (that both Marketa Irglova and Cristin Milioti contributed to).

You can watch a montage video from the musical, below...

Continue reading "Once, the Musical"

photos by Tim Griffin

Glen Hansard @ Hotel Vegan (BV-SXSW 2012)
BV Free Day Show - Thursday @ Hotel Vegas on 3/15/2012

Anti- reveals:

Over 20 years in the making, singer songwriter Glen Hansard will release his first ever solo album, Rhythm and Repose, on Anti- Records June 19. Best known for his work with The Frames, The Swell Season and in the feature film Once, for which he won an Academy Award, Rhythm and Repose is Hansard's debut solo album and first album of new material since his 2009 release Strict Joy with The Swell Season. The album will be available for presale at http://www.anti.com/store

In recent months Hansard has been seen in the documentary The Swell Season which has toured the film festival circuit this year, contributed two songs to the blockbuster soundtrack, The Hunger Games, and been active in the promotion of Once, The Musical which successfully opened on Broadway on March 18 to rave reviews, including the New York Times who explains, "what was always wonderful about 'Once,' its songs and its staging, has been magnified." Hansard will support the new record on a U.S. tour.

Rhythm and Repose is a result of Hansard's last year and a half of living in New York City. The album was recorded by Patrick Dillett (David Byrne, Arto Lindsay, Laurie Anderson) and produced by Thomas Bartlett (Doveman, The National, Antony and the Johnsons). The record features the musical talents of Brad Albetta (Martha Wainwright) on bass, Ray Rizzo on drums, Nico Muhly and Rob Moose on strings (Bon Iver, Y Music), David Mansfield on slide guitar (Dylan's Rolling Thunder Tour), Javier Mas (Leonard Cohen touring band) and half of Bruce Springsteen's current horn section. Assisting on vocals are Cristin Milioti (Once, The Musical), Sam Amidon, Marketa Irglova and Aida Shahghasemi (Marketa Irglova touring band).

Glen Hansard previewed some of those new songs at SXSW where one of the shows he played was the BrooklynVegan day party at 'Hotel Vegan' on Thursday, March 15th. Some pictures and videos from his 12:45pm set are in this post.

As the above blurb points out, the Once musical is running NOW in NYC, though Glen does not personally act or sing in it.

Glen, who meanwhile is hitting the road with Eddie Vedder, will headline four select shows in June including one on June 29 at Beacon Theater. Tickets for the NYC show went on presale today, and will become available to all as of 9am on Thursday (4/5).

All tour dates, the new solo album tracklist, and a Once musical video, below...

Continue reading "Glen Hansard releasing 1st solo album, schedules shows, playing Beacon Theaer, played BV-SXSW (pics, videos, dates)"

the flyer (with most of the bands playing on it)

BrooklynVegan is proud to team up with M for Montreal again for a FREE Day Party in Austin on Thursday, March 15th from noon-7pm at Hotel Vegan (one of BrooklynVegan's FOUR DAYS in the venue located at 1500 E. 6th St.).

I'll let this full three-stage lineup speak for itself...

Stage 1 (Hotel Vegas Outside)
12:00 Of Monsters & Men
12:45 Glen Hansard (of Swell Season & the Frames)
1:30 We Are Serenades (formerly Serenades, mem. Shout Out Louds)
2:15 Hospitality
3:00 Korallreven (mem. of the Radio Dept)
3:45 Fanfarlo
4:30 The Drums
5:15 The Wedding Present
6:15 This Will Destroy You

Stage 2 (Hotel Vegas Inside)
12:00 Half Moon Run
12:45 Thus:Owls
1:30 Cold Specks
2:15 Cymbals Eat Guitars
3:00 The Velvet Teen
3:45 Yellow Ostrich
4:30 The Jealous Sound
5:15 Parlovr

Stage 3 (Volstead) (BV Austin stage)
12:15 Love Inks
1:00 Feathers
1:45 Gashcat
2:30 Ringo Deathstarr
3:15 Silent Diane
4:00 The Young
5:00 Ume

That's all Austin bands on the BV Austin stage. It's going to a very great day

In addition to the completely free lineup of 24 bands playing on THREE stages, we will also have complimentary drinks courtesy of HobNob Wines, the official wine parter of our entire week of FREE PARTIES at Hotel Vegan (check out HobNob's Facebook page for free music downloads), and a hosted bar courtesy of Sailor Jerry

We will also have FREE VEGAN TREATS courtesy of NadaMoo! and FREE Honest Tea. AND Supercuts will have a team of stylists on-site the entire day providing FREE haircuts and styling!

Special thanks to all of our partners and sponsors for making this party possible - including Vox, Blackstar and Korg, our official backline partners, as well as ASCAP, HobNob Wines, NadaMoo!, Sailor Jerry and M for Montreal! And special thanks to GBH Design for making our awesome flyer!


This is the first full day at Hotel Vegan announced. 2/3 of the Wednesday lineup is HERE. Friday and Saturday coming shortly.

We also have THREE official showcases (Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday), and a Saturday metal day party at Lovejoys,